I am needing at least half a dozen birthday cards in the weeks to come, so it’s no surprise that I have another birthday card today. This time it is a masculine birthday card.


Less is More 277, CFC-148, masculine birthday card


I usually keep masculine cards pretty minimal, and yet these cards can be difficult to do. Go figure. However, this card was simple to do.  I applied distress inks on the upper portion of a white piece of  cardstock.  Of course I chose masculine colors. I made sure the inks were dry before stamping the Fireworks with VersaMark ink.  Next I covered it with clear embossing powder and heat set it.


Less is More 277, CFC-148, masculine birthday card


Using the emboss resist technique, I applied black ink to the entire white piece.  Once done, I took a tissue and removed the excess ink from the embossed images.  I heat embossed the sentiment with Sparkly Gold embossing powder. I wanted this black panel to really pop, so I used the same sparkly embossing powder to heat emboss the edges of a slightly larger piece of white cardstock.  I layered them together and adhered it all to a split black/white card base.


Less is More 277, CFC-148, masculine birthday card



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13 thoughts on “Fireworks

  1. Amazing card! I was trying to create the “big bang” on a black card with perfect pearls but it wasn’t vibrant enough, but after reading your post i now know how to do it! Thanks for sharing.

  2. That looks amazing! A really fantastic use of the emboss resist technique. Love the vibrancy of those fireworks. Thanks so much for joining us at Less is More.
    Sharon xx

  3. What a terrific interpretation of our pop or bang theme, both the images and the sentiment are perfect and it’s beautifully stamped too!
    Thanks so much
    “Less is More”

  4. This looks absolutely great and would make a fantastic card for men or women. You’ve used such a fab technique and it’s so impactful!

  5. My goodness – I was trying to work out how you did this and didn’t imagine that it was black ink over an emboss resist! It looks so effective and works wonderfully with the sparkly gold embossing too. Thank you for playing along with us at Less is More 🙂

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